Weymouth Relief Road wall of mud

Tony and Norma Lee with the large soil bank at the bottom of their garden

Tony and Norma Lee with the large soil bank at the bottom of their garden

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A RETIRED couple say their lives have been made a ‘living hell’ after a 10-foot wall of mud was dumped outside their house.

Tony and Norma Lee are literally living in the shadow of the Weymouth Relief Road with major works going on behind their home in St Andrew’s Avenue.

Their house backs on to Weymouth Rugby Club, where Dorset County Council is building a new park and ride site, re-laying Rugby pitches, and creating a cycleway and footpath.

Mr and Mrs Lee said they have put up with two years of noise, dust and disruption, and the constant battles with the council and main contractor Skanska are making them both ill.

They say it is also hampering Mr Lee’s recovery from major heart surgery, which he underwent in January.

The couple were left ‘devastated’ this week when they returned from holiday to discover the mud wall had been built up outside their house, obliterating their view of the rugby pitches and surrounding countryside.

Mr Lee, 62, said: “They have made our life a living hell for the last two years.

“We understand they have got to do the work and people need a walkway and cycle path, but we thought we would still have a view.”

Mr and Mrs Lee were told the mud bank would be built up by one metre to meet the level of the new rugby pitch.

Retired milkman Mr Lee said: “We were devastated when we saw it. We would like it to be level with the pitches so we can look out across the rugby pitch.

“We called Skanska and they said they were only doing what Dorset County Council told them and it was only built for our privacy, but nobody asked us which we preferred.”

The couple are concerned about the impact it will have on the value of their house.

Mrs Lee, 62, a retired bank clerk, said: “If we wanted to sell it now we wouldn’t have a hope in hell because it must have knocked thousands off the value of the house.”

Their neighbour Stephen Hix, 58, said: “We knew there was going to be some disruption but we didn’t expect it to go on for two years.”

Another neighbour Lyn Robinson, 64, said: “We’ve not had any outdoor life for two years, we can’t have our windows open because the house gets filthy, and we can’t sit in the garden because of the noise.”

Dorset County Council Weymouth Relief Road project manager Matthew Piles said: “A bund has been built around the site for landscaping purposes.

“After residents raised concerns about the height of the bund, the contractor has agreed with them that the bund behind their properties will be reduced to one metre. We understand this has allayed their concerns.”

The council said work started on the landfill site in April 2009 after the Easter break.

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12:38pm Fri 16 Jul 10

jollybaggins says...

“After residents raised concerns about the height of the bund, the contractor has agreed with them that the bund behind their properties will be reduced to one metre. We understand this has allayed their concerns.”

So everyones happy again, therefore not really a story then?
“After residents raised concerns about the height of the bund, the contractor has agreed with them that the bund behind their properties will be reduced to one metre. We understand this has allayed their concerns.” So everyones happy again, therefore not really a story then? jollybaggins
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12:56pm Fri 16 Jul 10

Get a grip says...

Retired people with nothing better to do but winge. Go back to work or find something useful to do.
Retired people with nothing better to do but winge. Go back to work or find something useful to do. Get a grip
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12:57pm Fri 16 Jul 10

Chris S B says...

Oh, it really sounds like their life is complete hell. No countryside views and some noise. My heart bleeds.
Oh, it really sounds like their life is complete hell. No countryside views and some noise. My heart bleeds. Chris S B
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1:36pm Fri 16 Jul 10

Get a grip says...

And both retired at 62 also just back from their holidays.
And both retired at 62 also just back from their holidays. Get a grip
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2:28pm Fri 16 Jul 10

boxfile says...

We all have the right to a decent quality of life. Some of the comments posted here are petty and small minded.
security words, give-good
We all have the right to a decent quality of life. Some of the comments posted here are petty and small minded. security words, give-good boxfile
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2:51pm Fri 16 Jul 10

echorubbish says...

I think Skanska should be applauded for the way they and the council are carrying out the work and there approach to residents’ concerns, yet again we have the old it’s knocked thousands of the value of our house, are they considering moving if not it doesn’t matter I have no doubt they will be at the front of the compensation queue when the time comes. In the mean time perhaps the Echo could devote 1 page every week to relief road moaners.
I think Skanska should be applauded for the way they and the council are carrying out the work and there approach to residents’ concerns, yet again we have the old it’s knocked thousands of the value of our house, are they considering moving if not it doesn’t matter I have no doubt they will be at the front of the compensation queue when the time comes. In the mean time perhaps the Echo could devote 1 page every week to relief road moaners. echorubbish
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3:51pm Fri 16 Jul 10

Get a grip says...

Only one page?
Only one page? Get a grip
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4:32pm Fri 16 Jul 10

acop40 says...

They don't know how lucky they are, when we were kids we lived in an old tampax packet on corporation tip, until we were old enough to go down mine.
They don't know how lucky they are, when we were kids we lived in an old tampax packet on corporation tip, until we were old enough to go down mine. acop40
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6:35pm Fri 16 Jul 10

RobinofLocksley says...

On a corporation tip? You were lucky!
Our lives were a living hell, and we felt permanently devastated by the drop in our property values!
Relief roads only move problems somewhere else - they don't solve them.
On a corporation tip? You were lucky! Our lives were a living hell, and we felt permanently devastated by the drop in our property values! Relief roads only move problems somewhere else - they don't solve them. RobinofLocksley
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7:19pm Fri 16 Jul 10

CoogarUK.com says...

Hardly a 10-foot wall of mud dumped outside their house. More like just behind what appears to be their rather large back garden!
Hardly a 10-foot wall of mud dumped outside their house. More like just behind what appears to be their rather large back garden! CoogarUK.com
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8:02pm Fri 16 Jul 10

dorwey says...

So the work started in 2009, so where has the other year of hell appeared from? And one of the residents didn't expect the work to last 2 years (or should that be just over 1 year), so how long does he think it takes to build a relief road, overnight?
So the work started in 2009, so where has the other year of hell appeared from? And one of the residents didn't expect the work to last 2 years (or should that be just over 1 year), so how long does he think it takes to build a relief road, overnight? dorwey
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9:27pm Fri 16 Jul 10

dorchbloke says...

I am yet again amazed by people's definition of living hell. I certainly would not compare having a bund built outside back garden and then agreed to have it reduced to I dont know haiti where families are still living in makeshift slums, or the kids that have to pick their way over rubbish tips to make there families a few coins to survive.....I think an element of perspective could be in order
I am yet again amazed by people's definition of living hell. I certainly would not compare having a bund built outside back garden and then agreed to have it reduced to I dont know haiti where families are still living in makeshift slums, or the kids that have to pick their way over rubbish tips to make there families a few coins to survive.....I think an element of perspective could be in order dorchbloke
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